26 April 2012
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research of Macmillan Cancer Support at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'Though cancer survival rates are generally improving overall, these new statistics reveal the alarming and persistent variation across England. This is particularly worrying for people diagnosed with stomach cancer as they see the widest range in one-year survival estimates of nearly 17%. When you compare this to breast cancer’s one-year survival variation – 3.4% - it highlights just how unwarranted this is.
'It is clear that every cancer patient should expect the very best chances of survival – no matter where they live. More money needs to be put into understanding and reducing these variations in order to end this cancer survival postcode lottery.'
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Notes to Editors:
Source: Differences in one-year survival estimates between Cancer Networks reveal wide variations. One-year relative survival for people with stomach cancer saw the widest variation (16.9 percentage points) between Cancer Networks ranging from 28.6% to 45.5%; the least variation was seen for female breast cancer (3.4 percentage points difference).
Office for National Statistics (2012) Geographic patterns of cancer survival in England, patients followed to 2010. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/cancer-unit/cancer-survival-by-gor--sha-and-cancer-network/2003-to-2005-and-followed-up-to-2010/stb-geographic-survival-patterns.html (accessed April 2012)
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